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Comparative Studies to Connected Histories

Connected Histories

  • Abu-Lughod, Janet L. 1989. Before European Hegemony: The World System A. D. 1250-1350. Oxford: Oxford University Press).
  • Appadurai, Arjun (ed.) 1988. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Boxer, C. R. 1984. “When the Twain First Met: European Conceptions and Misconceptions of Japan, Sixteenth-Eighteenth Centuries’, Modern Asian Studies: Special Issue: Edo Culture and Its Modern Legacy 18(4): 531-40.
  • Gilroy, Paul 1993. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
  • Hansen, Peo 2002. ‘European Integration, European Identity and the Colonial Connection’, European Journal of Social Theory 5(4): 499-519. 
  • Jahn, Beate 1999. ‘IR and the State of Nature: The Cultural Origins of a Ruling Ideology’, Review of International Studies 25(3): 411-34.
  • Subrahmanyam, Sanjay 1997. ‘Connected Histories: Notes towards a Reconfiguration of Early Modern Eurasia’, Modern Asian Studies 31(3): 735-62.
  • Washbrook, David A. 1997. ‘From Comparative Sociology to Global History: Britain and India in the Pre-history of Modernity’, Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient 40(4): 410-43.


  • Beck, Ulrich 2005. ‘The Cosmopolitan Perspective: Sociology of the Second Age of Modernity’, British Journal of Sociology 51(1): 79-106.
  • Bonnett, Alastair 2005. ‘Occidentalism and Plural Modernities: Or How Fukuzawa and Tagore Invented the West’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 23(4): pp505-25.
  • Chernilo, D. 2006. ‘Social Theory’s Methodological Nationalism: Myth and Reality’, European Journal of Social Theory 9(1): 5-22.
  • Chernilo, D. 2007. A Social Theory of the Nation-State: The Political Forms of Modernity Beyond Methodological Nationalism. London: Routledge.
  • Chernilo, D. 2007. ‘A Quest for Universalism: Re-assessing the Nature of Classical Social Theory’s Cosmopolitanism’, European Journal of Social Theory 10(1): 17-35.
  • Fine, R. 2003. ‘Taking the ‘ism’ out of Cosmopolitanism: An Essay in Reconstruction’, European Journal of Social Theory 6(4): 451-70.
  • Fine, R. 2006. ‘Cosmopolitanism and Violence: Difficulties of Judgement’, British Journal of Sociology 57(1): 49-67.
  • Fine, R. 2007. Cosmopolitanism. London: Routledge.
  • Pollock, Sheldon, Homi K. Bhabha, Carol A. Breckenbridge and Dipesh Chakrabarty 2000. 'Cosmopolitanisms', Public Culture 12(3): 577-89.

Provincializing Histories / Geographies

  • Arnold, David 2006. The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze: India, Landscape, and Science, 1800–1856. Seattle: University of Washington Press.
  • Chakrabarty, Dipesh 2000. Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Cohn, Bernard 1996. Colonialism and its Forms of Knowledge. Princeton University Press.
  • Dirlik, Arif 2002. ‘History Without a Centre? Reflections on Eurocentrism’ in Eckhardt Fuchs and Benedikt Stuchtey (eds) Across Cultural Borders: Historiography in Global Perspective. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc..
  • Gupta, Akhil and James Ferguson 1992. ‘Beyond Culture: Space, Identity, and the Politics of Difference’, Cultural Anthropology 7(1):6-23.
  • Halperin, Sandra 2007. 'Re-Envisioning Global Development: Conceptual and Methodological Issues', Globalizations 4(4): tba
  • de Silva, Chandra Richard 1999. ‘Indian Ocean but not African Sea: The Erasure of East African Commerce from History’, Journal of Black Studies: Special Issue: Political Strategies of Democracy and Health Issues and Concerns in Global Africa 29(5): 684-94.
  • Scott, Joan Wallach 1989. ‘History in Crisis? The Others’ Side of the Story’, The American Historical Review 94(3): 680-92.

Subaltern Studies

  • Chatterjee, Indrani and Richard M. Eaton (eds) 2006. Slavery and South Asian History. Indiana University Press.
  • Cooper, Frederick 2005. Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge History. Berkeley : University of California Press. 
  • Das, Veena 1989. ‘Discussion: Subaltern as Perspective’ in Ranajit Guha (ed.) Subaltern Studies VI: Writings on South Asian History and Society, pp310-24. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Fabian, Johannes 1983. Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Guha, Ranajit 1982. ‘On Some Aspects of the Historiography of Colonial India’ in Ranajit Guha (ed.) Subaltern Studies I: Writings on South Asian History and Society, pp1-8. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Guha, Ranajit 1983. ‘The Prose of Counter-Insurgency’ in Ranajit Guha (ed.) Subaltern Studies II: Writings on South Asian History and Society, pp1-42. Delhi: Oxford University Press.



PG Reading Group

Date: 29th Oct 2007
Time: 5-7pm
Room: R0.12, Ramphal


Subrahmanyam's 'Connected Histories'

Gupta and Ferguson's 'Beyond Culture'

Cooper's 'Colonialism in Question'